Valley Fire east of San Diego spreads east across Lyons Valley Road

About 8 miles east of El Cajon

Updated September 7, 2020  |  12:39 p.m. PDT

Map of the Valley Fire
Map of the Valley Fire at 9:19 p.m. PDT September 6, 2020. Perimeter provided by the incident management team.

The Valley Fire was very active Sunday especially on the east side where it spread across Lyons Valley Road. At 9:19 p.m. Sunday the head of the fire was four miles east of the road, it had skirted across the north end of Barrett Lake, and was four miles northwest of the dam at Lake Morena. Much of the growth of the blaze was in the Lawson Valley and Carveacre areas.

On Sunday firefighters held the spread to 408 acres, bringing the total to 10,258.  The military has been activated, adding an additional six helicopters to the fire suppression efforts.

The forecasted cooler and lighter winds Monday should provide a slight reduction of fire spread.  However, there are a lot of dead fuels that will continue to be receptive to fire spread. Santa Ana winds are expected to develop Tuesday and continue through Wednesday with gusts over 40 mph.

Evacuations are in effect. San Diego County has more information.


 Updated September 6, 2020  | 6:20 p.m. PDT

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Map of the Valley Fire at 8:19 a.m. PDT September 6, 2020. The perimeter was supplied by the incident management team. The fire may have spread significantly on Sunday since it was mapped at 8:10 a.m.

The incident management team reported at 3:48 p.m. that the Valley Fire 8 miles east of El Cajon, California had burned 5,350 acres and was spreading dangerously. Structures are being threatened in the Carveacre, Lawson Valley, Wood Valley, Lyons Valley, and Deer Horn Valley areas.  There is an immediate threat to the Sunrise Power 500 KV power lines supplying a large portion of San Diego County.

There are reports that the fire is moving east or southeast, has crossed Lyons Valley Road, and is approaching Barrett Lake and the nearby Honor Camp. The most accurate fire-mapping satellite confirms this, detecting spot fires very close to the north end of Barrett Lake at 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters are working against extreme fire behavior with wind driven runs and long range spotting. 10 Structures have been destroyed. California Incident Command Team 15 transitioned command at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Evacuations are in effect. San Diego County has more information.

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Valley fire, looking east from Lyons Peak at 5:22 p.m. PDT Sept. 6, 2020.
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Valley Fire looking northeast from Otay at 5:23 p.m. PDT Sept. 6, 2020.

Resources assigned include 2 hand crews, 49 fire engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders for a total of 355 personnel. In normal times a fire like this would have 15 to 25 hand crews. With only 2 hand crews, firefighters don’t stand much of a chance of stopping the fire unless the weather changes significantly.

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Creek Fire reaches Mammoth Pool Reservoir; military helicopters rescue over 150 people

More than a dozen had critical injuries

Updated September 7, 2020  |  12:41 p.m. PDT

Map of the Creek Fire 12:05 a.m. PDT Sept. 7, 2020
Map of the Creek Fire at 12:05 a.m. PDT Sept. 7, 2020. Perimeter provided by the incident management team.

The Creek Fire Sunday grew in all directions but not as much to the north as might be expected after it ran for over 10 miles in that direction during its first 22 hours. The blaze spread south near the west shore of Shaver Lake but according to mapping at 12:05 a.m. Monday stayed primarily west of Highway 168.

The Incident management team reported at 10:47 a.m. Monday the fire had  burned 78,790 acres.


August 6, 2020  |  4:54 p.m. PDT

Map of the Creek Fire
Map of the Creek Fire at 8:38 a.m. PDT August 6, 2020. The perimeter was supplied by the incident management team.

The perimeter of the Creek Fire on the map above was supplied by the incident management team and is much more accurate than data from satellites. The Forest Service reports it has burned 45,500 acres.

Early Saturday afternoon the fire crossed the San Joaquin River and made a run north to the Mammoth Pool area and beyond. Members of the public sheltered in place near Wagner’s Store and Campground and Mammoth Pool Reservoir. Using helicopters, the California Army National Guard safely evacuated 207 people that were trapped by the fire.

The fire burned actively overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning. Firefighters were challenged Sunday by steep rugged terrain, heavy fuel loading, and high temperatures. Additional resources have been ordered including a Type 1 Incident Management Team. Evacuations and closures remain in effect.

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Creek Fire grows rapidly near Huntington Lake, California

Burns 36,000 acres in 22 hours

Updated September 5, 2020 | 6:42 p.m. PDT

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Map showing heat detected on the Creek Fire by satellites as late as 2:23 p.m. PDT September 5, 2020.

The Creek Fire that has only been burning for about 24 hours in central California is showing explosive growth. The massive multi-layered convection column topped by pyrocumulus is extremely impressive.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Creek Fire, including the most recent, click HERE.)

The fire is on the Sierra National Forest near the community of Big Creek between Huntington Lake and Shaver Lake, 33 air miles northeast of Fresno.

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Creek Fire September 5, 2020. IMT photo.

At 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon the U.S. Forest Service reported it had burned 36,000 acres and 3,000 structures were threatened — 22 hours after the fire was first reported.

The fire has reached Mammoth Pool Reservoir, 7 miles north of Huntington Lake. People were trapped there with the road blocked by the fire. Click on the photo on the right below.

The smoke has been spreading rapidly north-northwest toward Lake Tahoe.

In the satellite photo taken at 5:21 p.m. PDT the smoke has reached a high enough altitude to clearly show a shadow on the east side.

Satellite photo showing smoke from fires in California
Satellite photo showing smoke from fires in California at 6:01 p.m. PDT Sept 5, 2020. NASA/Wildfire Today.

Firefighters at the scene are challenged by steep rugged terrain, heavy fuel loading, and high temperatures. Additional resources have been ordered including a Type 1 Incident Management Team. Evacuations and closures are in effect.

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The Creek Fire as seen from MeadowLakes, looking northeast at 5:11 p.m. PDT Sept 5, 2020.

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